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Spiraea japonica Anthony Waterer


Variegated green and white leaves and clusters of pink flowers

Anthony Waterer is an upright deciduous shrub with narrow leaves that become irregularly tinged with cream and pink. In late summer, it produces clusters of rosy pink flowers. It grows up to 4ft in maturity.


Allow space and give it full sun, or partial shade.


It will tolerate most soils and can be propagated from cuttings. Trim back after flowering every year to restore its shape.

This plant can be propagated from cuttings in the summer or by lifting and dividing in autumn or early spring.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 80 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From March to September